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Musorgsky : his life and works

Author: David Brown
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Master musicians series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"David Brown gives us the first life-and-works study of Modest Musorgsky to appear in English for over a half century. Indeed, this is the largest such study of Musorgsky to have appeared outside Russia.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky; M P Musorgskiı̆; Modeste Pétrovitch Moussorgski; Modeste Pétrovitch Moussorgski; Modest P Musorgskij; Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Brown
ISBN: 0198165870 9780198165873
OCLC Number: 48958056
Notes: List of works: p. 371-375.
Description: xvii, 391 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Childhood and early years --
2. The making of a composer I --
3. The making of a composer II --
4. The early songs I --
5. Salammbô --
6. The early songs II --
7. St. John's night on the bare mountain : more songs --
8. The Marriage : towards Boris --
9. Boris Gudonov : composition and production --
10. Boris Gudonov : the music --
11. Life alongside Boris I : The Nursery completed --
12. Life alongside Boris II ; Khovanshchina begun --
13. Two relationships : Pictures at an exhibition and Sunless --
14. Khovanshchina --
15. Songs and dances fo death : last songs --
16. Sorochintsy fair --
17. Final years --
18. Postlude : the century since --
Appendices: Calendar ; List of works ; Personalia ; Select bibliography.
Series Title: Master musicians series.
Responsibility: David Brown.
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This is the largest life-and-works of Musorgsky ever to have appeared outside Russia. Musorgsky created stunning masterpieces in such creations as his opera Boris Godunov and piano suite Pictures at  Read more...

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The qualities of clarity and thoroughness familiar to readers of Professor Brown's earlier work are also in evidence here ... his style is straightforward and elegant without pretentiousness, Read more...

 
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schema:description"When the inspiration was upon him, he could apply himself with superhuman intensity, as he did when composing the initial version of Boris Godunov. Sadly, Musorgsky deteriorated in his final years, suffering periods of inner turmoil, when his alcoholism would be out of control. Finally, unemployed and all but destitute, he died at age forty-two. His failure to complete his two remaining operas, Khovanshchina and Sorochintsy Fair, Brown concludes, is one of music's greatest tragedies."--BOOK JACKET."@en
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